- Series: Lord Rotheby's Influence (Book 1)
- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495247686
- ISBN-13: 978-1495247682
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 364 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,776,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twice a Rake (Lord Rotheby's Influence) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 18, 2014
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Aurora#1 was feisty and engaging. Aurora#2 was a TSTL ninny.
Early on, Aurora#1 had some sense and pizzazz. Then she's kissed in the middle of a ballroom by Quin, marries him and turns into Aurora#2 - wimpy, doormatty, crybaby.
Quin was a charming, dissolute rake compelled by his grandfather to marry. Worse luck for him - he ended up with Aurora#2. Quin had his faults, but at least he wasn't a sissy. Yep, he was often a jerk, but I was on his side.....he was stuck with Aurora#2, after all.
They found the sex was great...and it was plentiful...and Aurora#2 was doormatty and blubbering. When sex scenes become annoying to me, I skim them. I skimmed these because they just became gratuitous and because of wimpy Aurora#2, in equal measure.
I kept wondering why Quin didn't just have done with it, dump Aurora#2 in the country, go back to London and find a ladybird who could keep her mascara from running.
Oh...and the editing is dreadful...jarring.
Although she had yet met him, Aurora had written some scandalous stories involving Quin and herself. While out in the park one afternoon she loses her journal. Who should find it but Quin. After reading her entries he decides she will do quite nicely as his bride. Later, Quin meets her at a ball and completely debauches her reputation with an extreme smoldering kiss right in the middle of the ballroom with all eyes of the fashionable ton watching the event. With no choice but to wed him in order to salvage her reputation, Aurora accepts his offer to become his bride.
Scandal seems to follow Aurora with every move she makes. Of course with Aurora being the unpredictable little miss that she is, the wedding doesn't happen without a hitch. Read the story to find out how these two ended up together after Aurora tries to jilt Quin at the altar.
Why the title? Well throughout the book I noticed the author had Aurora using "Oh, dear good Lord" quite a bit. It was her favored expression that conveyed different emotions in each situation she found new, interesting or distressing. She used it in fear, shock, surprise, pleasure, pain, and discomfort. It really was cute to read how the phrase was used differently each time.
I would highly recommend this book. It's a much different romance than most other regencies I've read. This one is a keeper.
The hero is a self-absorbed jackass. A backstory is introduced toward the end of the book but by then I didn't care why he was such a jerk. The heroine was much too brazen for a sheltered girl from that age in time. Scene after scene didn't ring true. Something so scandalous happens that they have to leave London & retire to the country, and yet every invitation to their house party is accepted. Wouldn't happen. The villain isn't properly dealt with- almost seems an after thought and their names are never cleared. Everything just seems to end ok. Poof- no more problems. Irritating and maddening. And the sex scenes go on soooo loonggg- I found myself yada yada yada'ing my way through them. I won't read this author again.
Aurora is not one to think before doing which gets her in hot water from time to time. At times she feels she knows what is best when it comes to her friends and who their mates might be. She isn’t very good at reading people or their feelings. At times she is childlike and at others overly headstrong. Her feelings get hurt easy and she is misunderstood at times. She doesn’t really care about what people think about her but do care that her actions will cause pain to those she loves. Sometimes she is pulled into things without even meaning to. My feeling for her are mixed she is very complicated.
Quinton is another one that thinks only of his self and what he wants or needs. He needs a wife he doesn’t want but will take one to make his grandfather happy. He doesn’t want a boring one but one full of life and passion. He feels he found that in Aurora as he makes plans for her down fall into his arms. Things do not go as he planned with him more or less making a fool out of both of them causing a scandal. This will in no way be the first or the last one these two cause. I still have mixed feeling about him as well.
I have listened to one other book by this narrator I thought Ms. Hewitt did a good job I enjoy listening to her voice. She has a very lovely accent which is very clear and easy to listen to. There are no background noises, the tones are very even, you have no trouble knowing the emotions of each character. She puts a lot of feeling into each character. Her female voices were lovely but her male voices were too close to each other and needed a little more roughness to them. I thought Ms. Hewitt did a lovely job I enjoyed the listen and the story very much.
Even though I am on the fence with these characters and their actions I thought all in all it was a good read. It isn’t the best story I have ever read but it is by far not the worse. There are things I really liked and others I didn’t care too much for. It is hard to trust when the one you want to has done things to make you not. I understood why Quinton went off the deep in from the writing to being like his father. This was very believable and I have to say how he acted about being his father and taking actions to protect his wife was honorable. I thought the ball was a lovely idea to win her husband over and a way to show the world they couldn’t take them down, in doing so trying to find out who was causing all the trouble. There were characters I likes and a few I didn’t. All in all not a bad read at all.
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